Hackney Council,

Hackney Council is helping young people with disabilities kick start their career

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Eight local young people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and or autism joined Hackney Council’s Project SEARCH internship programme which started this month.

The aim of the programme is to create opportunities for young people with learning disabilities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and self confidence through the provision of on-site experience to help prepare them for paid employment.

I was encouraged to apply by my teachers at college and I’m so glad I did. It’s my third day and I’ve already learnt so much, I’m really looking forward to the next 10 months.
Adam Hollingsworth, 20 from Victoria Park

Following the successful launch of the programme last year in Hackney at Homerton Hospital, the Interns, aged between 16 and 25, will work in a range of departments during the academic year.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
Through this scheme we are showing that disabilities should never be a barrier to employment.  Our residents have so much to offer employers and bring to the workplace. Last year, we promised to help residents with disabilities develop the skills and confidence that will help them gain permanent and full-time paid employment. I am delighted that through this scheme we are able to showcase the talent of more of our young people.

I look forward to meeting the new recruits to this programme.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

Each intern will spend their first few weeks in a classroom setting at the Town Hall, learning personal and professional skills before embarking on their work placements which may include, Area Regeneration, Organisational Development, the Mayor's Office to name a few.

Through training and direct work experience, young people will also develop core Maths, English and ICT skills, whilst working alongside employees in a real workplace setting. The interns will also be supported by a job coach and tutor throughout the year. 

To find out if your department or business could benefit from having a Project Search intern in your place of work or to find out more about Supported Internships, please contact: alison.miller@hackney.gov.uk